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Food Scientist - Materials Development

Company: Ajinomoto Foods North America
Location: Ontario
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

Overview Ontario based position is responsible for developing strategic materials for value added product development and simplification of operation. Position also provides technical support and coordination of material industrialization, technical research, and profit improvements. The Food Scientist is expected to complete various projects under the supervision and support of their manager and actively contribute within the R&D organization. Reporting to a member of the R&D management team, position will perform the following duties and responsibility.
Responsibilities
New materials development/technical research/quality improvement:
Must have good culinary skills, ability to formulate recipes, and to develop and coordinate products from bench top to commercialization.
Evaluating competitor's products with focus on strategic materials and conducting market research proactively to learn market trend and design material quality target from customer perspective.
Evaluating new materials quality and cost, working closely with suppliers and procurement.
Planning bench work and experiments to verify technical hypothesis and analyzing results to provide next actions to reach quality target.
Conduct materials testing at internal facilities and/or suppliers with R&D product development team, technology development team, and suppliers.
Monitor quality of strategic materials to keep quality after start of production with procurement, operations, and suppliers.
Documenting required material information for product assessment and Executive Gate review.
Administrate technical information and proper documents in company data base. Material industrialization/profit improvement:
Establishing controls and procedures to ensure that newly developed materials meet the product needs as well as meet established company and regulatory standards (USDA and FDA).
Proposing plan of Commercial Production Test (CP test) along with R&D product development team to Operation and Product Introduction (PI) department, then supporting CP test.
Evaluating quality of samples in CP test and first production, and providing the evaluation report for material quality approval with marketing department and R&D product development team.
Supporting Total Delivered Cost (TDC) projects by proposing material test plan, reviewing quality in CP test, and providing evaluation report.
Promoting bench work and quality evaluation to propose solutions for raw material and ingredient replacement.
Reformulating recipe and consolidating materials to achieve profitable improvement. Project completion/contribution to R&D organization:
With supervision supports Sales and Marketing in customer presentations and concept identification.
With supervision coordinates activities with counterparts in Operations and Quality Assurance during the commercialization phase.
Follows R&D procedures, GMP, GSP and safety standards.
Promote a positive team oriented attitude.
Perform all other work as required.
Qualifications
B. S. in food science or a related technical degree is required and three years of demonstrated accomplishments in product development, preferably in a multi sales channel environment
OR
an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Value-added Frozen Foods experience is a plus but not a requirement for the position.
Good communication skills (verbal and written) with individuals at all levels within the organization and outside the organization.
Must be computer literate
Needs to be a self-starter, goal-oriented, focused and flexible
Possess strong technical skills
Must be willing to taste food products
Should be open and available to travel an average of 25% annually dependent on business and project needs
Range of pay is $85,000 to $95,000 dependent on experience

Keywords: Ajinomoto Foods North America, Ontario , Food Scientist - Materials Development, Other , Ontario, California

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